Today it was BIG news all over the internet as NASA is holding a conference on its new discoveries by the Kepler Space Telescope, a planet-hunting mission aiming to detect Earth-sized planets, or exoplanets, as well as orbiting stars that could sustain life. But its the same old junk as before. We think.. We don’t really know.. We believe.. Link
Nasa may have just found the closest thing to an Earth-like planet in the Universe. The US space agency is holding a press conference now!, to reveal the latest discoveries of its exoplanet-hunting Kepler Space Telescope. The scope, launched in 2009, seeks out planets that reside in the habitable zone, known colloquially as the Goldilocks zone. Planets in this location orbit their star at a safe enough distance to potentially host liquid water on their surface. The majority of the planets identified by Kepler have been giant gas planets, akin to Jupiter in our own Solar System, with only eight being less than twice Earth’s size and in the Goldilocks zone. It’s suspected that the Nasa announcement could confirm the identification of the most Earth-like planet to date.
Kepler has already confirmed more than 1,000 exoplanets and 3,000 planet candidates using something called the transit method. The 0.95m-diameter telescope monitors the brightness of around 100,000 stars, looking for any dimming. That dimming occurs when a planet passes behind its star in orbit. Nasa compares that change in light to “the drop in brightness of a car’s headlight when a fruitfly moves in front of it” — hence, very few have been found to date. If Kepler identifies one instance, that is then repeated at regular intervals, a planet is confirmed. Planet size and temperature is estimated based on the intervals between transits, which in turn lets us know what the chances are it’s habitable. The Kepler research team has also worked with crowdsourcing initiative Zooniverse to build Planet Hunters, a platform that allows the public to look for changes in brightness themselves.
Earlier this year Kepler found another eight new planets in the Goldilocks zone, doubling the number of exoplanets found that have a diameter less that double Earth’s. “We’re now closer than we’ve ever been for finding a twin for Earth,” astronomer Fergal Mullally of the Kepler Science Office said at the time. The fact that Nasa is holding a press conference on the news, rather than it being released to the public via research papers as has often been the case in the past, suggests the mission may have discovered a candidate that even more closely resembles our own planet.
I say all this is crap! Why don’t they show us the REAL truth! Well we all know why unfortunately…